Master's Degrees

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies

Special Education M.A. (Mild to Moderate Disabilities)

The Mild to Moderate Disabilities M.A. program is accredited by the Arizona Department of Education and is designed to prepare you to teach students with mild-to-moderate disabilities. Students who successfully complete the program and student teaching are eligible to apply for the Provisional Mild to Moderate (K-12) Special Education Teaching Certificate in the state of Arizona.

Learn about issues related to the fields of special education and rehabilitation
Study, examine, and develop personal philosophies regarding the services for and assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabilities
Graduate with the knowledge, skills, and requirements needed to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities (after receiving an Arizona teaching certificate)

Sample Courses

Courses in the program are delivered in a variety of formats, including online and in-person. Core coursework of the special education program includes courses like SERP 500 (Introduction to Special Education), SERP 502 (Behavior Principles and Disability), and SERP 503 (Special Education Law and Policy). In addition to core coursework, students in the mild to moderate disabilities program specialization will take courses like SERP 511A (Basic Academic Skills for Mild-Moderate Disabilities) and SERP 534 (Language Development for the Exceptional Child).


Special education teachers of students with mild to moderate disabilities meet the needs of their students by engaging in a wide variety of responsibilities. As a special education teacher, you will:

  • Provide academic instruction
  • Conduct educational assessments
  • Develop educational plans
  • Create behavior intervention plans
  • Consult with general education teachers
  • Coordinate educational meetings
  • Manage educational records
  • Meet with parents

Contact Us

For more information about the program, contact Assistant Professor of Practice Toni Sparks.